Denver-based Justin Schaffer and Austin-based Robert Garza and Justin Schaffer co-founded Terra Nova Games
in February of 2013 as a means to self-publish Schaffer's first game design, Guile
"Our goal is to share our passion for the hobby with others and encourage face-to-face fun through interactive and innovative gameplay," Schaffer explains. "We strive to bring people together in person, to use games as a means of socializing and strategizing around a table of friends."
Schaffer describes Guile "as a medieval memory card game of deception and intrigue for two players that takes 20 minutes to play. Players must use memorization, deduction, and bluffing to manipulate the Knights of the Round Table in their favor in order to wield the most influence when each knight's loyalties are revealed."
Terra Nova ran a successful Kickstarter campaign
in July to help raise money to manufacture, pay for the art, and compose a soundtrack
for the game.
Guile can currently be purchased at three Denver-area stores (Time Well Spent Games
, Adventurer's Quarter
and Black and Read
) as well as the Terra Nova online store
Schaffer and Garza have planned a Kickstarter campaign for Terra Nova's second game, Ophir, in mid 2014. Designed by Arkansas-based Jason D. Kingsley
and Charles Wright, Ophir is a game that pits players against each other as rival seafarers.
They are looking to find more game designers while keeping the company lean. "Our plans are to keep things bootstrapped for now, but since we have started accepting game submissions from designers, we'd be more than happy to work with a local Denver designer to get their game published in the future," note Schaffer.
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